POSTED: April 4th 2016
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40th Marathon brings in a record-breaking 43,317 participants boosting Paris 2024

43,317 participants gather on the Champs-Élysées for the start of the race © Paris 2024
43,317 participants gather on the Champs-Élysées for the start of the race © Paris 2024

Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet with the men’s podium finisher © Paris 2024
Paris 2024 Co-Chairman, Tony Estanguet with the men’s podium finisher © Paris 2024

Runners pass the iconic Eiffel Tower in the heart of the city © Paris 2024
Runners pass the iconic Eiffel Tower in the heart of the city © Paris 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The 40th edition of the Paris Marathon took place yesterday with a record-breaking 43,317 people from 160 countries participating. Also, watching on where a further 250,000 spectators and 3,000 volunteers aided to stage the event.

Paris is bidding against Los Angeles, Budapest and Rome to host the 2024 summer Games.

Paris Mayor, Anne Hidalgo and Paris 2024 Co-Chairman and triple Olympic Gold Medalist, Tony Estanguet opened the race at the world famous Champs- Élysées. From there, the race curved along the River Seine banks and runners were able to take in some landmark sights, including the Grand Palais, Place de la Concorde, Esplanade des Invalides, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower. All these beautiful views are heavily featured in the Games plans for Paris 2024.

"The record-breaking 40th edition of the Paris Marathon has been a huge success, and I'd like to congratulate all of the runners, spectators, volunteers and race organizers who contributed to a wonderful festival of sport," expressed Estanguet.

In addition, the event was broadcasted in 187 countries and served as a Rio 2016 qualifier. Leading up to the event, the digital platforms for the 2016 Paris Marathon accumulated 500,000 YouTube video views, 120,500 Facebook likes, 46,000 official app downloads, 16,500 Twitter followers, and 1.7 million unique website visitors.

Estanguet added, "We have seen this weekend that Paris is one of the world's most iconic and cosmopolitan cities with historic landmarks and breathtaking venues offering an incredible live setting and stunning broadcast pictures - the perfect platform to showcase sport."

Furthermore, this year's marathon was one of the greenest in history. Ahead of the event, an initiative was launched that encouraged runners to car share or use public transportation to and from the race. Also, officials used electric vehicles on the race routes. Once the contest was finished any litter found along the course was collected for recycling.

"Sport underpins much of our social life in France with grassroots, amateur, and elite sportspeople participating daily in the hundreds of sports clubs in the heart of the city," commented Estanguet.

The overall number of participants increased by 41% since the 30th edition of the race took place, which was ten years ago. 42% of runners came from overseas to take part in the marathon. The increasing global popularity of the race reflects the growth of Paris as a major global sports hub. Paris has experience in attracting spectators and athletes from all over the world. This race not only showcased, but strengthened the French capital's knowledge and capability in hosting global sports events.  

Estanguet concluded, "Our promise is to harness this enthusiasm for sport and help the Olympic Movement to create a new generation of fans globally by offering the best possible platform for Olympic events."

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog www.thepenshockeyshow.com.


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